I love Ted and TedX talks, I’ve learned SO much over the years from the incredible speakers who give these talks and I find them a constant source of inspiration so I decided to put together the best Ted Talks for Introverts I’ve come across.
1. The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain
From the first story she tells, I was hooked, oh can I relate to Susan Cain’s plight as a child on school camp! This is an obvious must-watch for introverts.
2. Confessions of a Passionate Introvert – Brian Little
I found Little’s explanation of introverts and extraverts so helpful and simple in this talk. That we are all trying to get to an optimal level of stimulation – that’s why introverts need quiet and alone time to think and why my boyfriend can watch something on TV and watch something on his phone at the same time and still know what’s going on (meanwhile, I’m losing my mind at the conflicting noises!)
3. The Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
This talk by Shonda Rhimes gives me goosebumps. She is remarkable and her story shows how easily we get all in our heads and forget about the important things. If you’re feeling stuck right now, you need to watch this. I defy you to not be inspired by this video.
4. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – Amy Cuddy
A friend of mine sent this to me when I was just about to leave my career in TV (and, let’s face it, I was pretty scared about that giant leap). It’s interesting and has some great insights, but it’s the spot at 18:30 that gets me every time. Don’t fake it ’til you make it, fake it ’til you become it.
5. How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robbins
Throwing a spanner in the works because I love this Tedx talk by Mel Robbins. But she’s about as extraverted as they come (does she know EVERY person’s name in the audience?). Extraverts can be great at reminding us that there is power in getting out of our heads and into action.
6. The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown
One of my all time faves, and I just can’t miss it off this list. Brene is a classic introvert and, although she doesn’t mention it much in her work, so many of her actions and stories revolve around her more introverted tendencies.
7. The Art of Being Yourself – Caroline McHugh
I talk about embracing who you are and I love Caroline’s explanation of this. She talks about some huge concepts but it’s all so powerful. Favourite part – “Your whole life up until this part is learning to have a healthy relationship with your ego”.
8. Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert
This one’s an oldie, but a goodie for anyone out there who is attempting any kind of creative life. So many gems in here and I love that it eventuated into my favourite book of last year, Big Magic.
9. How To Skip the Small Talk and Connect With Anyone – Kalina Silverman
There are a few things I felt drawn to from this talk. Firstly, haven’t we all been in a position where we think our suffering is different to everyone else’s? Secondly, that I’m pretty sure introverts will all resonate with this idea of ditching small talk in exchange for big talk. And also, the power of creating a movement – but also staying true to yourself in the midst of it.
Was there a talk you loved the most? What was the best tip you can take with you and implement into your life right now?
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Thanks a mill for the new recommendations Katherine! Love a TED talk and love it even better when wise people like yourself share what they have drawn from the talks.